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Friday, August 22, 2014

Tired of crime on Reservoir Street

Just wanted to tip you off to the happenings on the block of Reservoir St. between Silverlake Blvd and Occidental [in Silver Lake].  It’s been nuts lately!  There have been helicopters every few nights, circling the intersection of Sunset & Silverlake Blvd. with spotlights, or above our block, and a few weeks ago the cops were chasing someone through the yards, and pulled up in the street and drew their weapons.  Then, last night, my fucking car [ black, 4-door, 1997 Honda Accord] was stolen.  No joke.  Reported it to NorthEast Division this morning.  It was parked out in front of our house in the street.  I checked EveryBlock and I see that there were three other incidents of GTA reported in the 90026 zip code yesterday alone.  WTF is going on?

There’s been a lot of bullshit on our block from people parking for the Thirsty Crow (which I’m very fond of, don’t get me wrong, but it’s drawing a rowdy crowd who are parking on our street primarily), but I feel like crime has taken a pretty dramatic step-up in the last month or two.

– Matt

19 comments

  1. So sorry to hear that! And I agree with you; I feel as though crime in our neighborhood is definitely more prevalent than usual. We need to look out for one another.

  2. I’m up Sunset a few blocks, but I have noticed a helluva lotta helicopters, sirens, reports of crime etc too. But LAPD swears the rates are the lowest since 1950–something I find hard to believe. It does seem like there has been an increase (I’ve been here 10 years.) Wonder if the crime was always there and I just didnt know about it in the pre-ELA, pre-LAPD e-alert days, or if it’s truly higher. It’s hard to know.

  3. I live near on Silver Lake Blvd between Berkeley and Reservoir…I am concerned about the crime in the area too…and I’ve only just moved into the area.

    I agree with Breanne, we do need to look out for each other…is there an active neighborhood watch group? If not…one should be formed?

    This weather is not helping…don’t crimes increase in this kind of weather?

  4. there has definitely been an uptick lately. sunday night i heard the helicopters and the lights circling sunset/descanso area and they were announcing from the sky the “come out with your hands up”, i looked on the crime map and still couldn’t figure out what happened. I also have noticed a fair amount of younger kids during the day – i would describe them as casing the street. they definitely do not live on the street.

  5. Cantankerous Buddha

    Wait a second! Police helicopters! Gang members! Crime! What happened to my Silverlake!? Oh right, you trendoids moved into an economically depressed area comprised predominantly of latinos and are then surprised when your iPhone and Prius are targetd for repatriation! Jackasses. Having live in Silverlake since the 1970s, I have been mugged 5 times, 2 at gunpoint. It’s a fact of life here. STFU and deal with the fact that you are displacing residents of a lower economic class. And then you’re surprised when they take your shit?

    Embrace chaos or STFU.

    Lord Cantankerous Buddha, PhDeeznutz, High (Éxtremely) Priest
    POEE Silverlake Discordian Order, Est. MCMLXXIII
    Founder, S.L.A.G – Silverlake Locals Against Gentrification.

  6. You know, it’s so hard to have thoughtful or insightful discussions here because people are so quick to throw out a “this isn’t Kansas” or a “move if you don’t like it.” You know, not everyone who lives here is a dumbass, privileged, sheltered, rude trust fund kid (although most of my neighbors now are).

    And is being mugged five times at gunpoint truly a bragging point?

  7. Rob: How do you know they “definitely do not live on the street?” And from what do you then conclude that they must be “casing” it?

  8. Oh hell no….SLAG….whatever.

    People can look out for each other and make a difference. By being more vigilant and reporting suspicious behavior. If there were a more organized neighborhood watch…I would volunteer….I am sure there are others who would too.

  9. Sorry for all the bad language in my original email everyone. I was at my wits end! My car has been recovered, in Alhambra, completely stripped.

    Of course crime is a part of life, and I don’t think any of us are under misapprehensions about where we live, and what the risks are. That goes for any neighborhood, unless you decide to shutter yourself behind gates in Bel-Air or some such thing. That said, there’s a difference between noticing, and pointing out, that trends have taken and turn up or down, and “embracing chaos.”‘

    I’ve lived in Silver Lake for years, and I love the neighborhood, and want to improve it for myself, my family, and for the people in our community. I don’t intend to leave, and I certainly don’t intend on justifying criminal activity on the grounds that it’s just part of life, or defensible because people may be of “lower economic class.” Not everyone here is a hipster trust fund kid, transient, or house-flipper out to exploit the market.

    I think the suggestions to band together, look out for one another, or start a neighborhood watch, speak volumes about the good people who care about the community. These are the people I’m delighted to call my neighbors.

  10. Rob sounds like an elitist with his, “they definitely do not live on the street” crap. Rob forgot to type they were mexican so they don’t belong on this block. Get over it, the LAPD doesn’t report every crime because that would contradict what they have been trying to sell to everybody. The area is coming along nicely but it’s going to be about two decades for everything to settle out in order to sort out the neglect by the city.

  11. Wow, surprised it took this long for an ignorant race comment to appear…

  12. Well Matt…at least you found the car and there is some resolution…

    I live right around the block from you on Silver Lake Blvd….what do you think of the Silver Lake Blvd/Reservoir intersection? I could you a little cleaning and possibly sprucing up…is there an community organization that help beautify the area? That could be a nice project right there. Sorry for going off topic…

  13. SERIOUSLY?
    I practically grew up a block from Sunset/Silverlake since the 70′s and I have to agree with Cantankerous Buddha because I remember Silverlake the same way!
    Back in my day, there was NO WAY you’d be sipping coffee outside of Cafe Tropical with a laptop…you’d be robbed by the old Cuban and Puertorican gangsters or the neighborhood kids.
    It’s not that I’m bragging, but you people have to understand that Silverlake has ALWAYS been like that! There have been significant improvements and I’ve always been proud to grow up on those streets (went to all the local schools)…something I’m sure all of you people wish you’d had experienced!
    Nowadays, I consider Silverlake the “New Melrose” and all “Artsy Fartsy” cuz when I reunite with old friends…people look at us like we don’t belong there…LOL
    TRUST ME…I’m not hating, I would love to move back into my old neighborhood!

  14. I work in the office building right on reservoir, where the crime has been happening. My co-worker just saw a decapitated cat on the corner. Not one that had been eaten by coyotes or other, but just the head and legs, clearly put there by someone. So horrible and creepy – and we thought we should let the Eastsider know.
    Thanks,
    Sofia

  15. @Sofia, that sound s like a coyote kill! I had a gate problem one summer and they would leave half dead cats and raccoons in my backyard. Also Silverlake is much nicer, than say 6-8 years ago! Some parts of Silverlake are the crossroads to Glendale, Burbank and Eagle Rock/Highland park! There’s 3 roads that cross the L.A. River/5 Fwy Glendale Blvd, Fletcher and Hyperion… Lots of foot/auto traffic have to go through Silverlake to get to the other side!!!!!

  16. Always amazed and the anger towards white residents of SL/EP on this site and the fond memories of gang and crime infested days past. “Back in my day, there was NO WAY you’d be sipping coffee outside of Cafe Tropical with a laptop…you’d be robbed by the old Cuban and Puertorican gangsters or the neighborhood kids.” Doesn’t that just sound wonderful? And this, “Oh right, you trendoids moved into an economically depressed area comprised predominantly of latinos and are then surprised when your iPhone and Prius are targetd for repatriation!” Just great, right? Trendoids is code for white people? Or just folks who want to live in a nice place and improve the neighborhood? Cantankerous Buddha, if you want to live in a toilet filled with graffiti, crime and gang members, maybe you should move.

  17. Cantankerous Buddha

    “Always amazed and the anger towards white residents of SL/EP on this site and the fond memories of gang and crime infested days past. “Back in my day, there was NO WAY you’d be sipping coffee outside of Cafe Tropical with a laptop…you’d be robbed by the old Cuban and Puertorican gangsters or the neighborhood kids.” Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?”

    Actually it was. That’s way closer to how the majority of the world lives versus the Starbucks patio lifestyle of the faux middle class.

    “And this, “Oh right, you trendoids moved into an economically depressed area comprised predominantly of latinos and are then surprised when your iPhone and Prius are targetd for repatriation!” Just great, right?”

    Trendoids is code for white people? No, cracker, peckerwood, or honkey are code for white people. Projecting a little, are we?

    Hipsters do tend to be predominantly caucasian. But that’s more due to socioeconomics than race. If you’ve ever sat outside a coffee house with your laptop, gone seed bombing, or worn a scarf, you’re probably a Trendoid. Are you white as well? Probably.

    “Or just folks who want to live in a nice place and improve the neighborhood? Cantankerous Buddha, if you want to live in a toilet filled with graffiti, crime and gang members, maybe you should move.”

    Improve it for WHO? There was never traffic here, the only ‘quirky’ store was called the Soap Plant, and the trendiest spot was the Go Between. The Sunset Junction was more about leather boys and drugs than it was bad indie bands and shitty rides. Gentrification improves the neighborhood for the gentrifiers, but at the expense of the local population that can no longer afford to live there. The zoning here only makes matters worse, as developers with deep pockets (Sothebys, GTFO) can do whatever they want..like kicking out the awesome people at the Blackburn Lodge so you can have a bigger coffee house. That’s gay (and not in the good way). I never thought I’d want Queer Nation to come back and plaster the hood with gay pron, but I know it’d freak you out.

    Getting mugged, shot, and living with”gang members” (by which I assume you mean La Raza), and hating the police (Rampart anyone?) are not new to this neighborhood, YOU are. So maybe you’re the one who should move? Eh, gringo?

  18. Good luck with that anti-gentrification fight, Don Buddha Quixote.

    Just because they’re anglo and/or upper middle class doesn’t make you any less xenophobic than the redneck working class white guy who doesn’t like Mexicans/Blacks/whoever. Preferring your own, regardless of who that is, is a very human response, but it is the definition of racism/prejudice/xenophobia.

  19. Cantankerous Buddha

    How being against gentrification is being racist or xenophobic is beyond me. This is about socioeconomics, not race. It’s not racist to say the neighborhood was previously less white and more latino…it’s simply the truth. Irrelevant, but true.

    Just to clarify:

    GENTRIFICATION
    : the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.

    Lord Cantankerous Buddha, PhDeeznutz, High (Éxtremely) Priest
    POEE Silverlake Discordian Order, Est. MCMLXXIII
    Founder, S.L.A.G – Silverlake Locals Against Gentrification.

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